“Let your light shine.” Matthew 5:16
Courageous advocacy refers to the act of actively, and fearlessly, promoting a cause or standing up for what one believes in, even in the face of opposition or adversity. It involves speaking out and taking action to support and defend a particular issue or group, often with the aim of effecting positive change or raising awareness.
At Broadbottom, we provide our pupils with the opportuinity to step outside their comfort zones, challenge established norms, and confront injustice or inequality. This involves expressing their views passionately, and having the conviction to do so, even when it may be met with resistance.
Courageous advocates are willing to be the voice for those who may not have the means or opportunity to speak up for themselves.
Courageous advocacy is found in Proverbs 31:8-9:
‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.’
Examples of courageous advocacy throughout history include civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, who stood up against racial segregation in the United States, or Malala Yousafzai, who courageously advocated for girls’ education in Pakistan, even after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban.
Courageous advocacy plays a vital role in promoting social justice, human rights, equality, and other important causes. It inspires others to join the movement and can lead to significant societal shifts and policy changes.
Our Chritian vision intent is for all pupils to have a broad knowledge and understanding of world issues and become courageous advocates, who will be brave enough to challenge and be agents for change.
Coming soon – UNICEF at Broadbottom.